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Big Bad
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#1 Posted on 24.6.04 2150.07
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Am I wrong or has the highlight of the draft become reading Bill Simmons' column about it the next day?
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#2 Posted on 24.6.04 2258.42
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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Am I wrong or has the highlight of the draft become reading Bill Simmons' column about it the next day?


When Russ Granik can't even crack wise about the second round properly (he called it the High-Speed Round when it's common knowledge that the proper term is Lightning Round)... I couldn't care about the second round, but no one can, really. I think my mother was onto something when she stopped paying attention after the third pick (as there were no UConn players left on the board).
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#3 Posted on 25.6.04 0546.48
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You hit the nail on the head - Even the suits the kids wear have been toned down. Though I wouldn't mind seeing a Stephe A. Smith vs Dick Vitale Cage Match.
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#4 Posted on 25.6.04 0749.10
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Well... um... it's a draft. It's an old guy going up to a pedestal 29 times and calling names, and then another old guy comes down and does it 30 more times. In the meantime, people talk about it and snap pictures and such. I apologize if you were expecting a Chris Benoit/Kurt Angle ultimate submission match or something. LOL...

Actually, in all seriousness... at least there was some question this year as to who the #1 pick was gonna be. Everyone knew it'd be either Emeka Okafor or Dwight Howard, but didn't know which one would go where. In addition, the Bobcats traded up a couple days before the draft to get the #2 pick in what I have to say was a very shrewd move by Bernie Bickerstaff (especially if Peja Drobnjak pans out the way I think he can).

True, there were no big trades throughout the evening. And no, the Pacers didn't trade up and get the #7 pick. Not that Pacers rookies are notorious for their ability to ability to contribute immediately, in any case (with the recent exception of Jamaal Tinsley).

But last year, as soon as the Cavaliers earned the #1 pick, they practically started handing out LeBron James jerseys. Actually, I take that back... they did start handing out LeBron James jerseys. Don't get me wrong, LeBron was definitely worth the #1 pick and then some, and he'll only get better. But at least this year, there was some degree of ambiguity about the whole “who's gonna be #1?” sitch.

Meanwhile, the Pacers get David Harrison with the 29th pick in the draft. He's a center out of Colorado... apparently very talented, but there are some questions about his work ethic. No big-- J.O. and Rick Carlisle will get him straightened out with that if there's any problem. And given the Pacers' lack of reliable backup centers, David might very well get some P.T. very early into the regular season. Especially if he can adapt to the Pacers' style of play more like Jeff Foster did, and less like Scot Pollard thus far has.
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#5 Posted on 25.6.04 0933.29
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From actual draft standpoint, I think that while the wait must have been agonizing for him and his family, Jameer Nelson's ultimate destination in Orlando is far better for him than it would have been in Denver. He gets to play right away and form an early bond with Dwight Howard as opposed to seeing spot time at best behind Andre Miller. The Bulls strengthened themselves with their two picks and who doesn't think that Shaun Livingston would have gone to college instead of playing for the Clips ???
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#6 Posted on 25.6.04 1027.22
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    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    who doesn't think that Shaun Livingston would have gone to college instead of playing for the Clips ???
I'm not crying for him, Argentina. He's still getting his rookie minimum.

Of course, had he not signed with an agent, he might be on his way to Duke.
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#7 Posted on 25.6.04 1029.00
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    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    and who doesn't think that Shaun Livingston would have gone to college instead of playing for the Clips ???


I could swear I heard smatterings of the MSG crowd chant "GO TO DUKE! GO TO DUKE!" when he was walking to the podium.
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#8 Posted on 25.6.04 1059.13
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Was it me, the sound quality, or could everyone in The Garden hear what the ESPN guys were saying? Was that actually put over the loudspeakers? Imagine feeling pretty damn good about being selected in the NBA draft, going to a team you want to play for, and hearing (paraphasing a little, maybe): "Well, he is a really big guy with great size, BUT his post-up game is for shit, he is as slow as the Olsen twins going up for seconds at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, and he won't be any good to the team for at least two seasons. Why the hell did they pick THIS guy?"

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#9 Posted on 25.6.04 1322.21
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    Originally posted by jfkfc
    Was it me, the sound quality, or could everyone in The Garden hear what the ESPN guys were saying? Was that actually put over the loudspeakers? Imagine feeling pretty damn good about being selected in the NBA draft, going to a team you want to play for, and hearing (paraphasing a little, maybe): "Well, he is a really big guy with great size, BUT his post-up game is for shit, he is as slow as the Olsen twins going up for seconds at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, and he won't be any good to the team for at least two seasons. Why the hell did they pick THIS guy?"




Yeah, I heard that. Pretty sure they heard it. Although the best reaction was when Toronto took Rafael Araujo:

(silence) "...huh?!"
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#10 Posted on 25.6.04 1402.56
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Anyone creeped out at how Jay Bilas and Lance Storm look almost IDENTICAL?! Its spooky!
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#11 Posted on 25.6.04 1540.43
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"With the 51st pick in the draft the New Jersey Nets select Christian Drejer from Florida"

NO! He's not from FLorida! That little crybaby quitter is not from Florida! He's from Denmark! And he better not ever step foot in FLorida again or I will hunt him down!
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#12 Posted on 26.6.04 0818.52
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Best part of the draft was Steven Smith and Dicky V going batshit about the high school players being taken over better college players. Dicky V saying to Doc Rivers "You were great in the finals, with Al, you were undefeated, now what are you going to do? You need to go back to ABC."
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#13 Posted on 26.6.04 2054.31
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Best part of the draft was Steven Smith and Dicky V going batshit about the high school players being taken over better college players. Dicky V saying to Doc Rivers "You were great in the finals, with Al, you were undefeated, now what are you going to do? You need to go back to ABC."


Dickie V was a fucking embarrasment. He slammed any and all teams that took HS players. Notice he was back on the C's side when they took Delonte West at 24.

This guy makes his money off of the college game so he is going to hype up the players from there as much as possible. While I thought in a few instances he was right, as Orlando taking Howard over Okafor and Portland taking Telfair over Nelson, his act for the most part was foolish, boorish, and bordering on self-parody.

(edited by BOSsportsfan34 on 26.6.04 2158)
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